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This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Procter & Gamble will terminate a fragrance distribution agreement with Clarins effective Dec. 31, 2005, Clarins announces June 29. French beauty firm has distributed P&G's Hugo Boss, Giorgio, Jean Patou, Lacoste and Valentino brands in the U.S. market for six years. P&G says it has not made any decisions about how the brands will be distributed in the future, but the move follows the acquisition of Wella, which distributes fragrances under its Cosmopolitan Cosmetics division. Clarins "remains open to possible new ventures, either with P&G with whom discussions are continuing, or with other partners," the company states. With combined sales of approximately $50 mil. in the U.S. in 2004, Clarins' own Thierry Mugler and Azzaro brands "have now reached the critical mass that justifies an independent structure," the firm says, adding the futures of those brands are not in question...

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